Purdah is the period between the announcement of an election and the date on which an election is held, during which no politically sensitive announcements should be made. Essentially, it’s intended to ensure the existing government, civil servants and public bodies do not engage in, or appear to engage in, party politics that could affect voters’ thinking.
Any one fully aware of what the press rules are? i hope to get a full breakdown by Wednesday.
It concerns me when i look back on last years Local elections, One of the biggest topics was of Course Pot-holes. And yet we see in this weeks advertiser what could only be described as pure politics , Almost a full page on pot holes with views coming from only one party, Perhaps we would have all liked to have a line and offer a vew? the opposition and of course the ruling group who budgets for the repairs.But no we of course will have to put out thousands of leaflets to gain that chance, perhaps Labour and the tories may wish to comment.
Cllr Fergerson, never where about-s this time
What a statement,i sat thinking about this for nearly four Minutes. and guess what i could not come up with a bloody thing.
I never thought how this site would pan out really,but to be honest it as acceded all my expectations as a news platform.The guys who run it are brave enough to offer all groups a fair crack of the whip on coverage, the news is up to date offering Salford people a chance for updates and a chance to respond.What more could you want from a news medium.
My point is this,what is the future for local newspapers? you have to offer balance and rapid response, if you fail there is little left for many papers except lining for litter trays or extinction.which is sad considering the gutsy openness shown by many papers over the past years. Most of our newspapers are in financial meltdown, what went wrong.If the advertisers take the next step and move their money in the direction of the net i fear the end for most of the free sheets.How can their parents afford to keep them.
It really concerns me,take the last two weeks if you are not Tory,Labour or the other one you get no coverage at all. I wonder if the editor would like to comment. We have gained in such a short time a number of candidates to fight key seats, there is a base within the council and yet this paper don’t want to know.All these parties had to start some where,but the political bias shown some weeks within the paper in it’s self is extreme.How do you offer people choice. Any one watching the politics show on the BBC must ask the question over the performance of the key figures on that show,these people are the cream of their relevant groups,if you don’t even have a grasp of your own policies and lack clarity with your statements how can any one take you seriously for such a top post? But even this raised little question from our local paper.The media is one of the most powerful tools within the political field, but you would expect some fairness within it’s reporting.